Simplify in 2013 {A Rusted Chain Jewelry Giveaway!}

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Happy New Year! What? I’m a week behind? The new year actually started last week?

Oh, I know, but I’m counting today as my new year. You see, the kids went back to school today and I always feel like I can’t really get started with all my new year plans until they are out of the house. So, cheers to you! Raise a glass and let’s celebrate the start of 2013!

Each year, I’ve blogged about my “word” for the year. A couple years ago it was “HAPPINESS“, last year it was “CONNECT” and I’ve decided that this year, my word is going to be “SIMPLIFY”.

What the word "simplify" in 2013 means to me

I chose the word “SIMPLIFY” this year because getting back to basics and eliminating the physical and emotional “crap” in my life is important. I know that when I keep things simple, I’m happier and therefore my family is happier. Simplify in 2013 means:

  1. Simple routines: Getting back to basics with FlyLady… not feeling like I need to do it all, but doing enough to keep things maintained. Simplifying means returning to simple cleaning routines, exercise regimens, regular menu planning, and family routines, etc. This includes regular de-cluttering and organizing times – which I need to implement desperately.
  2. Simple recipes: As a food blogger, I often feel like I need to go all out with the recipes I create. I need things to be “blog worthy” and “pinteresting” for Dine & Dish content. Because of that, I find myself forgetting about family favorites… simple recipes that we’ve enjoyed for years now, and moving towards more elaborate recipes that will make my readers happy. Well, I’m sorry if this disappoints you, but in 2013 you are going to see more basic recipes… less pinteresting and outrageous recipes, more simple and my family friendly recipes.
  3. Simple expectations: I tend to have expectations of people and things that are fairly unrealistic. This year, I’m focusing on keeping my expectations of others in check, deepening relationships with people who are important to me, and bidding farewell to those who drain me.
  4. Simple traditions: While we were sick over the Christmas break, I discovered how my kids don’t need a lot to feel entertained. Board games, books, a shake up in meals (eating in front of a movie one night), etc….simple things like that made them really happy. Inspired by my friend, Amy Clark’s, new book, The Good Life For Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times and a Happy Home on a Budget“, I’ve decided that simple things done together as a family are so much more important than elaborate. I look forward to establishing more traditions, like family game nights or Friday pizza nights… simple traditions that are certain to bring about a lot of happiness.
  5. Simple schedules: For the past 5 years or so, I feel like I’ve kind of flown by the seat of my pants. Working from home, I never really established a schedule. Well, I know that a schedule will help me to simplify my life and will also make me happy, so I’m going to try implementing a simple schedule into my work day. I am also going to continue learning the fine art of saying no to things that don’t fit into my schedule or don’t fit in with simplifying my life. Choosing discomfort over resentment is a motto I love and want to live by.

I feel like time is slipping by so quickly, so I’m hoping that by simplifying my life some, I can have a better focus on the things that are most important to me… my family and friends.

So, enough about me… let’s talk about you! What is your focus for 2013? Is there any one word that you hope will guide your year? If so, would you like to have a gorgeous necklace from The Rusted Chain to commemorate and remind you of your focus? Last year I had a “Connect” bracelet… it was such a nice, subtle reminder for me of what my focus was. This year, my friend Beki offered to send me a “One Word” necklace with my word for the year. It’s so gorgeous and I’d like to give you one too!

First, can you stop by and follow The Rusted Chain on Facebook? I’m sure Beki would love to have you! She has giveaways all the time I’m sure you’d love to know about!

Rusted Chain “One Word” Necklace Giveaway Details:

Now, to enter this giveaway for (1) “One Word” necklace in gold or silver from The Rusted Chain, simply leave a comment on this post letting me know what your word or focus for 2013 is going to be.

For additional entries share a link to this post on your favorite social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest). For each share, leave an additional comment on this blog post letting me know what you’ve done.

Giveaway will end at midnight, CST on Monday, January 14th. Winner will be chosen via and notified via a valid email address.

Thanks for entering and happy new year!


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  1. says

    Gosh! Kristen, you seem to have jotted each and every nagging point I have been hoping to work on this year! (and have been trying for the past two years with no avail..)
    This year for me will be to “SIMPLIFY” and being PRESENT.
    So glad to read we have so much in common.

  2. Kat says

    My word for the New Year is one I have been using and implementing since December. RE-PURPOSE. I have been finding new uses for old things that have been just sitting around. Donating items to others that have a greater need for them, etc. It makes me feel wonderful and clears out a lot of clutter!

  3. Laurie says

    My word for 2013 is PEACE. NJ, NY and CT have been through so much over the past couple of months, I can think of no better wish as we begin the year anew.

  4. says

    I’ve so enjoyed watching you evolve over the last couple of years Kristen; you’ve endured some hard stuff life tossed your way, but you’ve been successful in navigating all the obstacles with grace and poise. Dine & Dish was one of the very first blogs I started reading more than 3 years ago and I still find joy whenever I visit.

    I have a couple of words this year: joy, focus, peaceful but the one that is close to my heart is content. to be truly content with whatever is in front of me – good or bad, may i always be content with myself, with my circumstance.

    happy new year!

  5. Kimberly P. says

    I Tweeted about your blog and giveaway. Thank you for taking this approach of simplifying life this year…much needed!

  6. Anne says

    My word for 2013 is COPE. I have trouble dealing with everything, and I mean that in the sense that each and every single thing is hard for me (getting up, getting dressed, showering, washing my hair, talking to people, answering emails, etc.). So if I can just manage to COPE with each thing as it comes along, I’ll be okay.

  7. Leigh Card says

    I enjoy your blogs and your reading lists! My word is Blessing! I want to be a blessing to others!
    Thank you, Leigh

  8. says

    YES YES YES. Oh my gosh. I was just on the phone with my sister telling her about how my main mission this year to live a simple life. Not take too much on. Rest. Watch TV. Read. Yoga. SIMPLELELELELEELE.

    I’m so so so with you.

  9. Debbie Caraballo says

    You chose a wonderful word for this year. I think all of us would enjoy life more if it were simpler.
    My focus word this year is STRIVE. I’m striving to resume my efforts to make my health better. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!


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